Annuar: Umno Won’t Join PN

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Umno will not be part of the formal Perikatan Nasional pact but won’t stop its allies from joining, said Annuar Musa.

Reiterating the party’s stand on this issue, the former party secretary-general also said that it’s Muakafat Nasional ally PAS has the right to form PN along with Bersatu and others.

“This would not breach the MN MoU or charter that we have (with PAS),” he said in a tweet today.

Annuar was Umno’s secretary-general when both the party and PAS inked the deal to form MN last September with the aim of winning over Malay votes.

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“Umno remains with its stand not to be part of this new political pact but will continue to cooperate with parties that have the same vision of Umno,” said Annuar, who is now the Barisan Nasional secretary-general.

Yesterday, PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said his party has joined PN and is the joint sponsor of the pact that ousted Pakatan Harapan from Putrajaya.

He added that Bersatu was also part of the pact.

“PAS is there, Bersatu, too, (is joining PN). As for BN, you have to ask BN, I’m not sure.

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“The pro tem committee can comprise anyone. After it is formed, anyone can join,” he told reporters in Putrajaya.

Bersatu vice-president Abdul Rashid Asari was previously reported as saying PN submitted a registration application to the Registrar of Societies early this month.

It is understood that the application was approved last week, and the PN leadership will make an announcement soon.

On July 30, Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the party will not join PN if the coalition gets registered but will support it at the federal and state levels.

Besides Umno, BN counts MCA, MIC and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah as its members.

Last week, Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the prime minister, said his party has agreed to join MN.

Meanwhile, Selangor BN information chief Isham Jalil said Umno and BN must be ready to contest in the next general election alone using its own logo and not PN’s.

“Umno and BN need to be ready for all possibilities, including contesting GE15 on our own and using our own banner and logo, as we have for years before,” he said in a Facebook post.

His comments are on the heels of PAS announcing its registration as a sponsor to form PN as a formal coalition, along with Bersatu.

Isham said Umno and BN understood that their chance of winning an election are higher if they collaborated with other parties rather than by contesting alone.

But he said a party could not be forced into forming a pact with others.

“If anyone wants to leave us voluntarily for any reason, they cannot be forced to remain with us. Nor can we stop them from leaving if that is their choice,” he said.

Umno has not been keen on a formal alliance with Bersatu, which is seen to be in a weak position as a small party amid a split among members between those loyal to Muhyiddin and those aligned with Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Bersatu is also seen as needing the help of stronger allies if it is to survive in government and in the next election.